Former Commonwealth finalist Cate Jackson making a splash on her British comeback
PUBLISHED: 16:33 04 November 2014
A former Commonwealth Games individual medley finalist from Welwyn is once again making a splash in the swimming pool.
Cate Jackson, who achieved the feat for Guernsey during the Brisbane Games of 1982, returned to British competition for the first time in over 30 years two weekends ago to snatch seven gold medals and a world record.
The Sheffield crowds were blessed with a water masterclass as the 50-year-old landed titles in 50 and 100 metres freestyle, 50m breaststroke and multiple relay events including the 4x100m women’s relay where they set the world record.
This follows on from a medal in the 50m backstroke at the World Masters in Montreal, Canada in August.
Jackson, affectionately known as ‘Doctor Techinique’ by her swimming peers said: “I am loving the sport again.
“I have always stayed connected to swimming even after giving it up when I was 23. I did not want to leave the swimming world completely and I have the confidence again to win medals and compete with the best.
“I bumped into John Cunningham from the Potters Bar Masters and he convinced me to get back in training and after 10 months training, I have found real enthusiasm.”
The Welwyn water wizard was gifted as a youngster, able to swim by the age of three and swimming a mile within a year.
Having climbed to the top of the ranks at Millfield School, once home to England rugby captain Chris Robshaw, Jackson swam to 11 British titles in butterfly during her career, facing off against legends of the sport including Olympic silver medallist Sharron Davies.
A three-year hiatus in Canada left her out of touch with swimming and looking for pastures new.
Starting CJ Swim School in Brooksman Park in the early 1990s, she found a new goal within swimming; passing on her talents onto budding swimmers.
Now back in the pool she is hungry for more success similar to her teenage years, although not in a full-time capacity.
She continued: “Montreal and Sheffield were amazing for me and I hope to compete in the Masters series again soon.
“The Nice Masters in France next October is a target that could happen.
“If I can do more then I hope to because it is not just the swimming itself, but the socialising and seeing old friends from years before.
“It has taught me, if you have a talent, always take advantage of it because as I have found with swimming it never leaves you.”
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